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I've read on here about measuring under the bust and then leaning forwards and measuring the fullest part, but surely-if you have very droopy boobs they will just flop like a couple of empty sacks and give a much much bigger measurement than two perky ones bent over would!?
I measure... 31 under the bust 37 around the fullest part when standing up 38/39 around the fullest part when bending over
Apologies if I've misunderstood. I've always worn a 36D-I did try a few 34DDs last year, but they were so tight around the band, I had to stop wearing them.
Your measurements suggest trying a 30FF/G and a 32F/FF. The difference between your standing and leaning measurements isn't that big so it may not make too much of a difference.
However, your current 36D has the same cup volume as a 34DD, a 32E and a 30F. If a 34DD felt too tight then without a doubt, the cup was too small. That suggests to me that you would have needed at least a 34E. The band would be too big though (measuring 31) so that again points to trying a 32F/30FF.
The bending is about as close as you can get measuring for cup even for soft breasts but it is only ever a starting point. Try on that size then look at the info on the bra guru blog about how a bra should fit. If it's too big in the cup then work down
Because wearing a band with too small cups results in your boobs 'stealing' material from the band, hence the tightness. If you try on a 32 or a 30, test the band by trying it on back to front first. If it feels firm but not crushingly tight, then put it on the correct way round (put the shoulders straps on too and scoop everything into the cups). If the band suddenly feels too tight, go up a cup (or more).
They're very stretchy, though and some brands are stretchier than others. I'm 32GG, at the moment. I compared 2 of my old 32G bras, recently. Both about 25" unstretched. The triumph only just stretched to 32" and felt very stiff and taut. The curvy kate stretched easily to 34". Needless to say, my 32GG bras are all curvy kate and the Triumph I actually wear, at the moment, is their 34F and I tend to wear it as loose as it will go.